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Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375898341
Characteristics: 1 online resource (327 p.)
Additional Contributors: McFerrin, Grady


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Mar 25, 2015

I am not a poem person, but I am so glad that I gave this book a chance. Holly Thompson did an incredible job of walking the reader through the broken thoughts of a young girl who is lost and confused after a classmate commits suicide. When we are shocked and confused it is difficult to find the right words to explain how we feel or to make sense of the broken pieces. I wish I had this book to read when I was in grade 9.

branch_reviews Mar 14, 2012

Sent to stay with family in Japan for the summer following a classmate's suicide, Kana has a lot of time to reflect on recent events. It’s not fair to be sent away, really. It wasn’t her fault. Yet somehow, she can’t help but think about everything that’s happened, and wonder. Sometimes friendships aren’t what they seem. Sometimes words have great impact. Sometimes there’s more to see than meets the eye. What if she had understood more? What could she have done differently? What can be learned, and how do you move on? Amid the strong and comforting embrace of family so far away from home, Kana questions, and contemplates, and tries to make sense of it all.
Beautifully written in verse, the author presents a sensitive and poignant story of one girl’s struggle to find meaning following tragedy.
Reviewed by LZ

Apr 06, 2011

This book took on a format similar to that of Ellen Hopkins and Terra McVoy (Pure, After the Kiss..) As a result, it was a short read, and not very descriptive. The characters were so underdeveloped, which then made me feel distant and indifferent to the story, as a reader. Not much of a climax, and the book was overall very uneventful. Not sure if I would recommend it.


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